It is called the sacrament of confession, since the disclosure or confession of sins to a priest is an essential element of this sacrament. In a profound sense it is also a “confession” – acknowledgment and praise – of the holiness of God and of his mercy toward sinful man. It is called the sacrament of forgiveness, since by the priest’s sacramental absolution God grants the penitent “pardon and peace.” It is called the sacrament of Reconciliation, because it imparts to the sinner the life of God who reconciles: “Be reconciled to God.” He who lives by God’s merciful love is ready to respond to the Lord’s call: “Go; first be reconciled to your brother.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, article 1424)
Confessions in our Parish
Confessions are on the Thursday before the 1st Friday after the 10.00 am Mass and on Saturday mornings after 10.00 am Mass and after the 6.00pm Vigil Mass on Saturday. There are also penitential Services at Easter and Christmas.
First Confession is arranged as a part of the 1st Holy Communion Programme every year. Confession for Confirmation is also arranged as part of the Confirmation Programme. Confessions are also available to the housebound. This can be arranged through the Parish Office or any of the Priests. Details of contact numbers etc can be found on the Home Page.